K9 Nose Work™ Training Camp Northeast- Staff

Staff members may be added or changed without notice as needed.

Ron Gaunt - Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Carolyn Barney - Christina Bunn - Chris Busch - Laura Busch - Ruth Anne Cionca - Michele Ellertson - Judy Harris - Jason Heng - Wendy Krehbiel - Troy Mills - Dorothy Turley - Ann Waterbury - Dana Crevling - Karin Damon

Ron Gaunt, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

Ron GauntNACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Ron Gaunt has lived and worked with dogs the majority of his life. Ron began working with dogs and training for police dog work in 1970. He has trained, worked and managed service dogs for more than 40 years consecutively. During Ron’s 12-year tenure in the K9 unit with the Inglewood Police Department, he had the honor of working with three different K9 partners. Among Ron’s many accomplishments are multiple national certifications in detection, both explosives and narcotics. Along with many years of training detection dogs, Ron has trained hundreds of dogs for police work encompassing all aspects of K9 police work. One of Ron’s many accomplishments was that of Master Trainer. In 1981 Ron was the K-9 Program Director with the Inglewood Police Department and the training director of the Los Angeles Schutzhund Club.

Currently, Ron is the owner/operator of Travel’n ManDogs, a private detection firm established in 1995 with the purpose and objective of providing a service to private business and corporate America. His goal is to augment current security systems to facilitate the ultimate in personal safety and protection. Presently he is a working manager/handler of multiple Explosive Detection Dog teams deployed in the private sector; many of his clients are “Fortune 500” companies.

Ron has bred, raised, and trained in excess of 100 working dogs that have obtained degrees in both sport and police trials. Ron’s years of experience includes multiple breeds, but in recent years he has concentrated on German Shepherds, Labradors and Belgian Malinois for service detection work.

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Amy Herot CPDT-KA, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

Amy HerotNACSW™ & K9 Nose Work™ Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of experience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1500 instructional hours in detection dog training.  As co-founder of K9 Nose Work, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work Association,LLC™ (NACSW), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of nose work classes and sport events. She and her partners launched and sponsored the first organized Fun Nose Work competition, a Nose Work Practice Match and the first national K9 Nose Work™ trial, a titling event in January 2009.

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection.  She has competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009.  Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, is a nationally certified explosives detection dog and took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff's K9 Trial.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S. 

Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).  Amy gives much volunteer time and expertise to the betterment of shelter dogs. Some of Amy’s other achievements have been the 2007 President's Volunteer Service Award, spcaLA's 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC.   www.allgooddogs.biz

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Jill Marie O'Brien, CPDT-KA, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

Jill Marie O'BrienNACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Jill Marie has been working with and training dogs since 1987. Jill Marie spent fourteen years as Director of Behavior and Training for spcaLA. During her tenure with spcaLA, she supervised the creation and development of that agency's first Animal Behavior and Training Department since the agency’s inception in 1877. Jill’s career at spcaLA started in 1996 when she joined the agency to fulfill a grant from KalKan to educate inner-city youth on dog bite prevention and feral dog safety.  While there she participated in the Teaching Love and Compassion program (TLC), a program that matches at-risk youth with shelter dogs for a 3 week program that teaches young people life skills in patience, anger management and conflict resolution. Jill Marie also developed a Canine Behavior Assessment protocol in 2000 that was the only in-house assessment used for the evaluation of the shelter dogs housed at the agency.

Jill Marie's years of dog training experience includes agility, tracking, Animal Assisted Therapy, Schutzhund and detection training along with many hours of K9 Nose Work development and instruction. Her training philosophy is one of building strong working relationships and bonds between dogs and their handlers using positive, fun and motivational techniques. She is a strong advocate of ongoing education and development of skills. Not only has she attended many educational conferences and courses, but she has also organized educational events featuring some of the most sought-after lecturers and behavior experts in the world. She believes education for the humans is as important as education for the canines. Jill Marie is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, long time member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a facilitator for the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum.

Jill Marie and her dog Beckett are a nationally certified Narcotics Detection Team and took 1st place, novice division in the Oxnard Police K9 Inaugural Trial, 2009. She has been a long-time agility enthusiast and has competed and trained in agility since 1990. In addition to her work with Beckett, Jill and her other dogs have earned many training titles and have competed at the USDAA's Grand Prix of Dog Agility. Jill Marie’s newest partner is Raven, a Belgian Malinois. Jill Marie shares her life with her son and wonderful husband for whom she thanks everyday for their patience and understanding as she continues to build and develop her understanding and skill working with dogs and their people.

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Carolyn Barney CNWI, Instructor and Camp Store Manager

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Carolyn has been training dogs and their people professionally since 1985. In 1991 she founded Gemini Dog Training, a full service training and daycare facility and then DOGS! Learning Center in 2007. Carolyn focuses much of her time on behavior modification through private consulting and training classes. She educates and coaches owners of fearful, aggressive, reactive, and/or socially challenged dogs. Carolyn's teaching background includes: group classes and workshops on clicker training skills, reactive dog management, and a variety of dog sports that include K9NW, agility, obedience, tracking, and earthdog. Carolyn has trained and mentored 100’s of potential dog training instructors. Many of her previous students and staff trained through her instructor programs have gone on to become Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), running their own classes and businesses.

The desire for a better understanding of the canine mind and behavior has been the motivating factor in all aspects of her dog experience. Beginning with traditional training techniques, she knew there had to be a better way. Pursuing that better way has evolved into clicker training and a more thoughtful scientific and effective use of operant and classical conditioning. Carolyn believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to new information and what every dog has to teach the human student. Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for over 35 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, agility, earth dog, and most recently in K9 Nose Work™. Carolyn's PRT, Steiff, has earned the NW Elite title and participated in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Carolyn's  Border Collie, Breezy, has her Elite title and will participate in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational.

Along with her training and behavior work, Carolyn wrote Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies. Carolyn has 2 DVD’s from the Clean Run Instructor Conference, one on Agility Foundation and one on Scaredy Dogs. Carolyn has co-taught canine cognition/behavior courses at Harvard University Extension School with Bruce Blumberg PhD, lectures to dog trainers occasionally and worked for many years as a behavior consultant for the MSPCA, providing reactive dog training classes and behavior therapy for shelter dogs and their families. She teaches multiple K9NW classes each week from beginning students to teams with their elite titles. Carolyn's full-time job is Training Director of Operation Delta Dog, a not for profit that trains shelter dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.


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Christina Bunn CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Christina Bunn is the owner and master trainer of Puget Sound Detection Dogs. Christina has been training detection dogs for over 15 years and has owned and operated her own facility for over 9 of those years. Christina has evaluated hundreds of canines for work in detection and has trained over 150 canines for the detection of controlled substances. She currently has over 50 canines working throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the country of Brazil. Among the dogs working in Oregon, 9 are with the Oregon State Police.

Christina has been an instructor at the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association’s conference for the last 4 years and a volunteer K9 handler with Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue in Washington for 13 years. She handled K9 Matty as an area search/air scent K9 and also crossed trained her for human remains detection. Christina handled K9 Matty’s daughter, K9 Springfield, a trailing K9, that was also crossed trained for human remains detection. Christina and her K9 partners have been utilized on hundreds of missions and have multiple successes in live finds as well as HRD. She is the trainer for the county’s HRD team and conducts weekly trainings in addition to specialized training sessions for area search/air scent handlers upon request. Annually, Christina and her SAR K9s participate in multiple community events and educational presentations such as: Science Day, Touch A Truck, Night Out Against Crime, Safety Fairs, and school presentations.

Christina trained “Terra” the Eco Dog that currently works for EcoTech LLC in Portland, Oregon. “Terra’s” duties include locating buried, leaking, heating oil tanks, and detecting soil contamination, including aviation crash sites. Christina and K9 Springfield are both a registered Pet Partners and National Animal Assisted Crisis Response team and have most recently deployed at the SPU campus and the SR 530 Mudslide.

With over 35 collective years in the working and companion dog realm, Christina has worked with humane societies, boarding kennels, and veterinarian hospitals. She trains owners to work with their pet companions, specializing in behavior modification. She is a Canine Good citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, a Certified K9 Nose Work® instructor and trial judge. She teaches three K9 Nose Work® classes each week with students competing at all levels.

Having had the great honor of judging at the first National NACSW trial in 2013, Christina is known for saying, “Don’t ask your dog to lower herself to your level, you, as a handler, must rise up to your dog’s level. You must become a student of your dog.”

Christina also competes in Obedience, Rally O, and K9 Nosework competitions and has several titles on her dogs. She is a columnist for an on line newspaper twice monthly and writes about, you guessed it, dogs! She is married, the mother of 5 adult children, 2 stepsons and 11 grandchildren to boot.

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Chris Busch CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™ 

In 2008, while taking an obedience class at the SPCALA in Long Beach with his Weimaraner Barley, Chris learned of a new class that was being offered at the facility.  Fun Nose Work was just in it’s infancy.  Since that time, Chris has watched this fun class turn into a thriving dog sport that has grown nationwide.  Since that time he has been very active with the National Association of Canine Scent Work ™ (NACSW).  He has also spent countless hours volunteering and being a Certifying Official at NACSW™ trials and ORT’s. 

To learn more about animal behavior Chris volunteered for many years with the behavior and education department at his local shelter. During the time he spent at the shelter he helped with assessing dogs before being adopted and for special programs, which involved the dogs interacting with children and/or elderly people.

Barley is the first Weimaraner to achieve an NW1, NW2 and NW3 x2 title.  Barley and Chris have also achieved their NW3 Elite title and have been invited and competed in two NACSW™ National Invitational Trials. 

Chris and Laura (his wife) both currently teach all levels of K9 Nose Work classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach and at Rock Solid K9 in Lake Forest, CA.  He also teaches specialized workshops and skills clinics and hosts many seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams in his area. 

He is excited to be a returning camp instructor.


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Laura Busch CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Laura has always had a passion for dogs.  In 1999 Laura started, like many people, by taking basic classes with her own dog, Seneca (a rambunctious Chocolate Labrador).  Laura and Seneca really enjoyed their classes and training time together.  In 2007 Barley, a Weimaraner, joined the family.  Barley not only was rambunctious but needed a job to do.  Laura and her husband Chris not only trained him for obedience they were introduced to an up and coming new sport (K9 Nosework®)    that would keep Barley mentally challenged. 

Laura has been very active with K9 Nosework® since 2008 and has been involved with many Nose Work events as this sport has grown nationwide. When Laura first started K9 Nosework® she and her husband co-handled their Weimaraner (Barley), but came to realize that it would be better for Barley to communicate with one handler rather than two.  In 2010 Laura started training their second Weimaraner (Heidi) in K9 Nosework®.  Heidi has overcome many environmental issues because of K9 Nosework®. Because of Heidi’s sensitivities Laura has learned to help other dogs overcome environmental issues as well.

Laura’s passion for this sport compelled her to learn more about canine behavior.  She spent several years volunteering her time with the behavior and education department at her local shelter to learn more about canine communication and helping with programs designed to increase adoptions for the animals in their care.  Because of her passion for helping people, and their dogs, Laura continually attends seminars and workshops on training and dog behavior.

Since 2008 Laura has been helping to coordinate K9 Nosework® trials in Southern California, acting as Trial Host, Trial Representative and/or Volunteer Coordinator.   Laura has been involved with volunteering at many trials in California, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Alabama, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Texas and Nevada.  

Laura currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach and at Rock Solid K9 in Lake Forest, CA, she also teaches specialized workshops and skills clinics, and hosts many seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams in her area. Laura serves as a Certifying Official (C.O.) for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Trials and as a Certifying Official and Judge for K9 Nose Work® Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs).

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Ruth Anne Cionca, CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

In 1989, while living in Italy, Ruth took in an abandoned, pregnant hunting dog. She found homes for the pups and brought Titta (tee-tah) back to the States, her first heart-dog. A natural educator, Titta taught Ruth about healthy canine behavior as she raised her litter and, throughout her life, moved among humans and dogs with matriarchal confidence.

In the mid-90s, someone tossed a clicker into Ruth’s hand. Reinforcement training made immediate sense and turned communicating with Titta and Emily, a soft Lab mix who came in off the street, into a joyful, precise adventure. It was the start of a steep – and wonderful – learning curve. A professional life with dogs followed. Ruth’s human teachers have included Patricia McConnell, Bob Bailey, Turid Rugaas, Susan Garrett, Sue Sternberg, Trish King, Andrew Luescher, Susan Friedman, and others.

In group classes for over 20 years, Ruth has taught dogs and their people a coherent, peaceful training approach. She works always to build cooperation between our two marvelous species. In her long practice as a behavioral specialist, she has focused on puppy raising, fearfulness, reactivity, and aggression. She is deeply committed to gentle hands and sound science to bring about change, with her own dogs as teaching partners.

Ruth met NW at the first Georgia camp in 2011 with Nello, her Irish terrier and second heart-dog. She loved witnessing the mystery of dogs working scent and the way this game helps worried dogs find their confidence. Becoming a CNWI was a natural progression – another lovely learning curve. Ruth has traveled extensively to learn from the founders and NACSW faculty, to volunteer at NW events, and to trial with Nello. She now teaches only NW in ongoing classes at all levels at the Dog Training Center of Chester County (PA), coaches privately, and offers NW workshops. She continues to consult with a limited number of behavior clients; NW is an integral part of the behavior programs she creates. Nello and Ruth enjoyed competing, especially at the NW3 level, until his death in August 2016.  

A clear, informative communicator and a thoughtful instructor, Ruth is intuitive, supportive of her human and canine students at each step in their development. She emphasizes strong foundational learning to shape independent problem solvers. She finds great joy in helping handlers move supportively in response to their searching dogs, so that every pair experiences a deepening sense of teamwork, what we call The Dance.  That’s Nello’s legacy.

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Michele Ellertson, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™

Michele has worked as a Professional Dog Trainer for over a decade.  Prior to being swept up in the Nosework craze, she worked mostly in behavior modification.  In 2009, Michele was among the first dog trainers in New England to become involved in the National Association of Canine Scent work’s (NACSW) sport of K9 Nosework, and she was instrumental in establishing the foundation necessary to make the sport a success in this region of the country.  She currently works with the NACSW as a Certifying Official, Trial Representative, and has hosted numerous trials in the New England area.  It’s no secret the sport has skyrocketed, and Michele’s intense schedule of regular weekly classes, private lessons, and specialty clinics throughout the country show it.  In addition to having the honor of teaching at the National K9NW Camps, she owns “The Dog’s PACE” out of Massachusetts, and manages the scent work division “Follow Thy Nose,” which is comprised of all things Nose Work!

Personally, Michele is owned and loved by four dogs.  Three she rescued, a poodle mix named Harley, and a Chihuahua/Terrier mix named Hemi, and one of her two young German Shepherd’s, Hannah.  Chaser is the newest member of the family, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, and they have been having fun exploring training and foundation concepts.  Harley has recently earned his NW3 Elite title placing in many of those efforts, and received the Harry Award, which is given to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work at the NW1 level.  Hannah is also a recipient of this award, along with her NW1 Pronounced title.  At all of 14 pounds, Hemi is currently competing in the Elite Trial Division, has earned her ELT1 and ELT2 titles, and had the opportunity to compete 2015 K9 Nosework National Invitational. 

Although her professional and personal interests have led Michele to train in a variety of dog sports, Michele’s primary goals are in the sports of Obedience, Nosework, and has dabbled in a few others.  Michele’s fondness for Nosework comes from the tremendous benefits it offers to all dogs.  From confidence building, bonding, mental stimulation, and pure enjoyment, this sport offers so much to both dog and handler.

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Judy Harris, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Judy Harris became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) though NACSWTM in 2013 and has over 10 years of experience training and competing in multiple dog sports.   She owns River Poodles Training, LLC in New Bloomfield, Missouri and travels extensively promoting nose work by teaching all levels of nose work classes and clinics.  She has taught classes and conducts private lessons in Central Missouri as well as Southwest Missouri since 2011.  Her classes range from beginning classes to advanced classes where a wide variety of locations and situations are introduced to the teams to expand their toolbox.   This variety allows the teams to work the problems thus increasing the learning of the dog and handler.   She challenges her students to allow their “dogs to drive” to odor while stepping in when appropriate to cover the search area.  Her students are competing at all levels including the Elite level. 

Judy has handled dogs who have achieved the K9 Nose Work 3 Elite CH title through NACSWTM, AKC Champion Tracker title, AKC Master Agility Championship titles, and Open Obedience titles in both AKC and UKC venues.

Judy and her standard poodles, Desi and Moni have competed in K9 nose work since 2012 and both dogs earned their NW3 Elite title in June 2015.  Desi is the first standard poodle in the country to earn the NW3 Elite title and Moni is the second.  Her puppy Ritz is competing at the NW3 level and is training in tracking and obedience and is having fun just being a goofy puppy. 

She has been interested in scent work for many years through tracking then NACSWTM expanded her opportunities for more nose work fun.  Judy continues her education in scent training through camps, workshops, seminars and private training.  She has attended seven K9 nose work camps in the last three years to continue her education to promote the sport of nose work as well as taking private lessons with many Elite title holders and other canine enthusiasts.  Judy is a Certifying Official for NACSWTM and continues to enjoy watching the teams work and meet more nose work enthusiasts throughout the country.  Judy hosts several trials each year and hosted the first Missouri Element Specialty Trial in 2014 and the first Elite trial in 2016.

She was the 2014 National Invitational Volunteer Coordinator and the 2015 National Invitational Competitor Liaison.  She is one of three National ORT Coordinators for NACSWTM.  The ORT Coordinators work with hosts to ensure the site will accommodate the ORT, coordinate the Officials for the event, and are available to hosts during the process for questions related to the procedures as well as follow up processes after the ORT. 

In addition to playing with her dogs, Judy loves watching her two granddaughters (Sarah and Macie) participate in competitive softball and basketball.  In her down time, she plays at her river getaway where she walks the gravel bars searching for “pretty rocks” (aka arrowheads) while the poodles run the gravel bars and mud banks.

Judy is looking forward to providing fun adventures for the teams at Camp and working with her fellow instructors.

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Jason Heng, CPDT-KA, CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jason is the owner of HengTen K9 Training in the Austin, TX metro area specializing in teaching K9 Nose Work®. Jason has attended hundreds of hours of K9 Nose Work® training seminars taught by the founders of the NACSW™ in addition to other talented instructors and professional trainers. Jason works with the NACSW™ as a Certifying Official for NACSW™ trials and as a Certifying Official/Judge for ORTs. He also had the pleasure of being and instructor at the 2015 Pennsylvania K9 Nose Work® camp and has been a part-time instructor at both Georgia and Colorado K9 Nose Work® Camps. Jason attended his first K9 Nose Work® camp in GA in 2012. A proud camp moment was receiving the Red Bandana Award in 2013 and seeing the difference a year makes in the confidence of his dog Atlas.

As an instructor, NACSW™ Certifying Official for Trials and Nose Work enthusiast he travels extensively for all things related to Nose Work. He has competing at all levels EST, NW1 through Elite in over 75 NACSW™ trials in over 17 different states with his 3 Shiba Inu and Labrador and has attended six K9 Nose Work® camps. Jason's dog Atlas earned NW1, NW2, and NW3 Titles in 2013, NW3 Elite in 2015, and ELT-CH - accumulating 1000 points in Elite Division trials in May 2017. He continues to compete at the Elite level with Atlas, Bailey and Lexi, trialing more than 20 times at the Elite trial level.

Jason spent a year as a K9 handler with a GSD doing bed bug detection for a pest control company. He logged hundreds of detection hours all over Texas. At the pest control company, he also trained an additional bug detection dog as part of a grant with the US Department of Agriculture. 

Jason has been teaching K9 Nose Work® classes since 2012 and is a NACSW™ Certifying Official for trials. Since becoming a CNWI in 2013 he has been working to grow Nose Work in Texas by hosting over 20 trial days at all levels. In addition, he continues to share his extensive trial experience with teams throughout the country through trial preparation and handler coaching seminars.

Before moving to Texas in 2009, Jason, his wife Katy and daughter Jamie lived in Colorado for many years. Jason enjoys traveling and is excited about learning from the variety of dogs participating in K9 Nose Work® and meeting nose work enthusiasts from all over the country.

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Wendy Krehbiel, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Wendy is a professional dog trainer and owner of Tell a Tail Dog Training in Livermore, CA. She participated in the first Nose Work® seminar in Northern California and became completely hooked on the sport. Since that day, she has become a Certified Nose Work Instructor and teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® classes at her training facility. She has hosted and organized K9 Nose Work® trials in Northern California and has traveled throughout the United States to help this growing sport. Wendy also works for the NACSW™ (National Association of Canine Scent Work) behind the scenes on software and is the National Trial Director which involves managing all aspects of the sport including membership, scheduling of events, customer service, training of Certifying Officials, etc. Prior to pursuing dog training as a career, Wendy earned her BS in Computer Science at Michigan State University and worked as a software engineer and manager.

Wendy started in K9 Nose Work® with her dog reactive Golden Retriever, Renegade. "Ren" was an intense working dog that earned his NW3 title twice. Wendy currently lives Mica and Coal.  Mica is her 5 year old golden who has her NW2 title and also enjoys agility.  Coal is her young border collie who is enjoying learning the games of agility and K9 Nose Work® and has earned his NW1 title and is starting competition in agility.


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Troy Mills, CNWI, ABCDT,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

In 2007, Troy realized a dream and started Guy and a Leash Dog Training, a full service dog training business with a special focus on the needs of the anxious dog. A graduate of Animal Behavior College and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Training, Troy and his staff offer easy, affordable and effective solutions for families in the Denver metro area.

In 2009, Troy was introduced to K9 Nose Work®   when he participated in an Intro to K9 Nose Work® workshop with his dog Annabelle. Twelve weeks later he saw a dramatic decrease in Annabelle’s anxiety and an increase in her confidence. The amazing results sold him on the benefits of K9 Nose Work® and from that day on he immersed himself in learning this new activity and sport. Troy became a Certified Nose Work Instructor in 2011 and today his primary focus is on teaching nose work classes at all levels, training and competing with his own dogs and working for the NACSW™ as a certifying official at trials from NW1 through Elite.

When not involved in K9NW, you can find Troy working on his other business, producing and selling hot sauces. 

Happy Sniffin’!


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Dorothy Turley, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Dorothy is a professional, full-time dog trainer in the Olympia, Washington area. Her business, Let’s Talk Dogs, specializes in pet dog training, behavior issues and K9 Nose Work®. She began dog training as a hobby in 1995 and quickly became involved with rescue and education work as a volunteer. She eventually transitioned to training others and quit her day job in 2002 to pursue dog training as a full-time professional.

Dorothy teaches classes, private lessons and also hosts educational seminars and workshops. She has also traveled as the working assistant to Kathy Sdao, MS, CAAB (Bright Spot Dog Training). She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and continues her education by attending seminars and workshops. She has graduated from the Dogs of Course Instructor training, CNWI instructor training and 3 sessions of Bob Bailey’s “Chicken Camp.” Over the years she has also volunteered and worked at her local shelters and various rescue groups.

In early 2010 Dorothy attended her first K9 Nose Work® seminar with Ron Gaunt. She was hooked. She knew this was a great activity that she wanted to share it with her clients. She began working with her dog and car reactive dog, Zoey, and never looked back. She had no plans to compete with this particular “problem” dog so was thrilled when Zoey not only earned her NW1 title but also took first place. Dorothy is now a Supervising/Elite Certifying Official for the NACSW™. She is also an experienced trial and ORT host, National Trial Coordinator, Trial Representative and Score Room Lead for the NACSW™. She shares her life with her husband and 3 dogs (all mutts) in Rochester, Washington. She continues to compete with Zoey and Gracie at the Elite level and has recently started her Chihuahua mix, Brigette, in the sport. Dorothy and Zoey will be attending the National Invitational in November, 2017.

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Ann Waterbury, UW-AAB, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™

Ann Waterbury, UW-AAB, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CNWI has in excess of 15 years of professional commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals in addition to her personal lifelong passion to the well-being of companion animals. Her work stands alone throughout the Tampa Bay area for science based expertise on canine and feline behavior including dog training using applied behavior analysis with a recognized niche for reactive/fearful dogs. She is sought out to provide professional mentoring/instruction to developing/new canine behavior professionals within her New Dawn curriculum. Ann opened New Dawn ABC in 2010 and the center offers group classes and private instruction in their 4,000 square foot center, that includes a retail area. New Dawn has three trainers, besides Ann, including CNWI’s to teach 4 levels of K9 Nose Work™ classes. The ND team also offers a popular advanced level K9 Nose Work™ drop-in class in addition to individual instruction and coaching, for people wishing to enrich their dog’s lives and/or those competing at all levels.

Ann’s involvement after becoming a CNWI in NACSW began by hosting the instructor training program and grew to acting as a CO for ORT’s in Florida. In 2016 she joined the education team and is working with that team on the instructor training program to keep up with the rapid growth. She co-instructs the CNWI training with Jill Marie. She also works with the continuing education process for CNWI’s. She is part of the team that is working to standardize the CEU process for CNWI’s.


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Dana Crevling CPDT-KA, CNWI, Camp Director

Camp Director

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Dana has made working with or for shelter dogs part of her career since 1986. She worked for not for profit animal agencies for 13 years, until 1999, when she started Dogs of Course with the first Instructor Training Course class. Her dedication to improving the lives of dogs and their owners through quality education at all levels was the motivating factor when she started the business and is the guiding force for all projects she creates. Dana continues to support charitable organizations by periodically running fundraising events and activities.

She started her professional career in dog training at Red Acre Farm Hearing Dog Center, as a trainer and then the Department Director. Her professional experience in training and behavior also includes animal shelter program coordinator for volunteers, pet training instructor, lecturer, shelter consultant, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue’s adoption coordinator/counselor. 

Dana is driven by her thirst for her own personal education. She has attended hundreds of events including seminars, dog camps, chicken camps, courses, and conferences. Committed to promoting dog training to the public as a skilled profession, she is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She passed the first national certification test for dog trainers earning the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Accessed. She also has a B.A. in Business Administration from Babson College.

Dana has been competing in dog sports since 1984, believing in the joy of teamwork first and foremost. She has titled in obedience, field, conformation, earthdog, rally, agility and K9 Nose Work™. Dana has trained multiple dogs for K9 Nose Work competition - Dazzle NW2(Flat-Coated Rtvr.), Rizzie NW2 (Norfolk Terrier), and Monty who earned his Elite in three NW3 trials and now is working on his Elite Championship designation. Dana's young Flat-Coat, Spring, is preparing to start competing in K9 Nose Work™!

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Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Karin has been involved in performance events with dogs for 15 years. She started out in a basic obedience class with her Golden Retriever, Keebler, and put an AKC Versatility title on him. She is presently competing in agility, tracking, obedience and nose work with her other Goldens: Derby, Jig and Jeep. All of the clan has been involved in advertising – showing up in various places such as commercials for Claritin, Pedigree, PetSmart Dog Food, A&P Food Stores, and even appearing on “Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live”. Jeep most recently appeared on the cover of Dog Fancy and Jig has been on the AKC Website. 

Karin has achieved the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Elite 3 title with Jig and Jeep received the Elite 2 title with a pronounced.  Jig was the first Golden Retriever in the country to earn the Elite 3 title.  Karin and Jig participated in the NACSW National Invitational in California in 2013 as one of 13 dogs selected throughout the country and was Dog in White for the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Karin is a Certifying Official for NACSW Trials and is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) teaching nose work since the sport came to the East Coast in March of 2010.

Karin became a certified Pet Tech First Aid and CPR Instructor in San Diego, CA and is working to finish her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate from the University of Tennessee. She was selected to work at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia in the equestrian, mountain biking and modern pentathlon venues.

Karin recently retired as the Head Athletic Trainer at Centenary College to start her own business. She is the owner of Shamrock Pot of Gold K9 Scenter in New Jersey.


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